The Bates Squash team continues to be one of the better teams on campus and it is not because of our successful record. Rather, the integration of people from different backgrounds with a common goal. Former captains Lauren Williams’16 (Zimbabwe) and Caran Arora’16 (India) started a trend of bringing both the women and men squash teams together through social gatherings in order to unify our differences. From my perspective, they continue to be great leaders because although they acknowledge the squash team abilities, they also take into consideration that everyone has a story to be told; one must take time to listen, embrace, and act when a teammate needs support.

Kristyna Alexova’19 (Czech Republic) has the ability to pick and choose when she wants to run as the dominant player on court. Luca Polgar’20 (Hungary) plays with so much intensity and aggressiveness that her style of play leaves her opponents hopeless. Victoria Arjoon’s’19 (Guyana) precision, power, dedication, and effort make her a deadly player. Eliza Dunham’20 (CT) is a strategic player with the tenacity to always win, while displaying a level of sportsmanship that everyone should strive for. Capt. Emma “Momma” Dunn’17 (WA) has the ability to push anyone she plays with her level of fitness and knowledge of the game. Capt. Charlotte “DirtyChar” Cabot’17 (MA) is one of the smartest, fittest, and nicest players I have ever met. The “dynamic duo,” Katie Bull’19 (MA) and Molly Brooks’19 (VA) are having the best season because their opponents cannot figure out how to break them down. They are powerhouses! Blair Weintraub’18 (NY) puts lots of pressure on herself to be the best squash player she could be when she has proven that she is a great player through improving her game at a fast rate and working extremely hard on and off court. Nubia Beasley-Bartee’20 (IL) continues to improve her squash and fitness at a rate that I can only dream of. Kyla Rabb’17 (CT) has athletic abilities that allowed her to re-pick up the game of squash and compete at a collegiate level. Alyssa Rohan’20 (Switzerland) picked up squash as a PE credit and now strives for collegiate success with her determination and sense of calmness.

Besides from being a 3-time All-American, Ahmed Hatata’17 (Egypt) is truly a good person, which makes him a pleasure to be around. Due to injuries, Anirudah Nambiar’18 (India) has not played his best game of squash, but carries the burden of playing top of the ladder with fierceness because he never goes down without a fight and some cheesecake. On and off court Mahmoud Yousry’20 (Egypt) is a powerhouse, but listening to his philosophical views on life is even more impressive. Capt. Spencer Burt’17 (OR) definitely improved the most and is using his confidence, fitness, and determination to breakdown any opponent he plays. Graham Bonnell’20 (CT) is the smartest player on the court in my opinion and as a result his opponents are usually running aimlessly. Coley Cannon’19 (CT) thrives in a high intensity setting because he feeds off of the energy of the crowd and always has it in his heart to win. Garon Rothenberg’20 (NY) has not been 100% the entire season, but he continues to fight and put the team before his injuries and I respect his mentality and effort! Carlos Ames’17 (MA) comes back from a heel injury and still has the ability to compete with anyone he plays. The beep-test champion, McLeod Abbott’19 (NY), is always looking for ways to improve his game, which is a very specific game: run until your opponent cannot run anymore. Stefan Joseph’17 (British Virgin Island) brings the cool and relaxing island vibe to the court. Bernhardur Magnusson McComish’20 (MA) is the nicest player on and off the court and his potential for the future is literally at his discretion. The “silent assassin,” Creighton Foulkes’17 (MA), is hands down one of the hardest working athletes at Bates by far and I strive to have his work ethic. If someone could be the face of Bates squash, I would vote, David Quintero’20 (CA) simply because he is the highlight of most peoples’ days with his quirky sense of humor and squash style.

Squash is more than the “battle of the minds” and companionship, but rather the potential for productive conversations on differences. By bringing together a group of individuals with a common goal of squash success, this allows for each player to potentially hear another perspective on life. Productive conversations about racism, white privilege, and patriarchy occur within my team and although it’s uncomfortable, it’s a start to embrace diversity and inclusivity. Diversity does not promise a happy ending to your college experience, but rather enhances your education in a worldly sense. The Bates Squash team is by no means perfect, but the level of diversity that we have shows that there is potential to always learn about the lives of each other. The question is, are you willing to listen, embrace, and act when needed?